An Online Newsletter of “The Andy Griffith Show” Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC)
Volume 14, Issue 5
Welcome to our fifth issue of The eBullet for 2014! A lot has been going on, and even more (including Mayberry Days!) is coming up. Here’s the latest…
Floyd’s Barbershop Bulletin Board
The Andy Griffith Museum, featuring the late Emmett Forrest’s amazing collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia, is open daily in Mount Airy, N.C. For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.
* Beginning Sept. 1: MeTV has started airing “The Andy Griffith Show” in markets that don’t already have TAGS available on local stations. The local markets already with TAGS are instead getting “Mayberry R.F.D.” on MeTV. A definite win-win for Mayberry fans!
*Sept. 19: Betty Lynn is taking this Friday off from her usual Third Friday signings at the Andy Griffith Museum to rest up for greeting fans next week at Mayberry Days. That’s a good example for all of us making plans to attend the festival that’s chock-full of Mayberry activities from start to finish.
* Sept. 19: There will be lots of carrying on when David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning works security at the Carriage Travel Club Grand National Rally in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
* Sept. 21-24: Life Lessons From Mayberry: It’s All There in Black and White in Ridgecrest, N.C. (outside Asheville) is a Bible study event drawing on the biblical truths and life applications found in “The Andy Griffith Show.” The event is $295 per person (based on double occupancy), which includes three nights of on-campus lodging, eight meals, Bible study sessions based on favorite TAGS episodes, dynamic preaching, worship, an orchestra concert of TAGS tunes, and a lunch with favorite Mayberry tribute artists. To register, call Ridgecrest Conference Center at (800) 588-7222 or visit www.lifeway.com/mayberry.com.
* Sept. 25-28: 25th Annual Mayberry Days in Mount Airy, N.C. As always, numerous “Andy Griffith Show” stars will be on hand, including hometown favorite Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) and Darling Boy Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band (with special guest Maggie Peterson, aka Charlene Darling), who will perform a matinee show on Friday. James Best also presents his popular “Best in Hollywood Show” on Friday afternoon, and Karen Knotts returns with her fun, wonderful “Tied Up in Knotts” show, at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.
Other special guests scheduled to return include Elizabeth MacRae (Betty Parker on TAGS and Lou Ann Poovie on “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”), Morgan Brittany (Mary Alice Carter), Jackie Joseph (“Romeena” Ankrum), Peggy McCay (Sharon DeSpain), George Spence (Frank the Boyfriend), Margaret Kerry (Bess Muggins and Helen Scobey), and George Lindsey, Jr.
Also, Joy Ellison (Mary Wiggins, Effie Muggins, Mary Scobey, Betsy and Iris) is flying in from New Orleans (where she’s on location working as a dialect coach) to attend her first Mayberry Days (and her first Mayberry event of any kind since 2000)! Joy will be the special guest for Neal Brower’s lecture (always a festival highlight) in conjunction with the TAGSRWC Annual Meeting on Saturday afternoon.
Other festival favorites include David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning, Allan “Floyd” Newsome and the merry Mayberry band of tribute artists; the VW Boys and their “Salute to Mayberry;” and Michael Hoover’s “Memories of Elvis.”
Also, there will be a hilarious comedy show on Friday night by the amazing James Gregory, “the Funniest Man in America.” And the Embers warm the night with their music on Thursday, while the legendary Tams bring their soulful coastal music to the amphitheater on Friday evening. There will be something for everybody at this special 25th Mayberry Days. Visit www.surryarts.org for more info, last-minute updates and tickets.
* Oct. 3: 54th Anniversary of the premiere of “The Andy Griffith Show” on CBS.
* Oct. 3: Dean Webb and Missouri Boatride perform for The Old Brush Arbor, at Keystone Baptist Church in Reeds Spring, Mo.
* Oct. 5: Karen Knotts brings her “Tied Up in Knotts” show to the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, Calif., at 2 p.m. For tickets and info, call 209-338-5071 or visit www.galloarts.org.
* Oct. 17: Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) greets fans at the Andy Griffith Museum 12:30-3:30 p.m. She will have autographed 8?–10 photos available ($10). For info, visit the website at www.andygriffithmuseum.org or call (336) 786-1604.
* Oct. 23: “An Evening with Ron Howard” as part of the Bryan Series, hosted by Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. In a moderated conversation, Ron Howard will offer the Bryan Series reflections on his 50 years in the motion picture and television industry. He will discuss his journey from his role as Opie to his achievements as one of the most accomplished filmmakers of our time. Expect him to talk about the creative process and the significance of his films including Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon and others. The presentation starts at 7:30 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster for about $59 (including fees & taxes), plus $7 per vehicle (“everybody on the truck!”) for parking For more info, visit www.guilford.edu/bryan-series.
* Oct. 31- Nov. 2: Back to Mayberry Retreat at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, Miss. A fund-raiser weekend of Christian fellowship and Mayberry fun and games in the heart of Mississippi. For more info visit www.backtomayberryretreat.webs.com.
* Nov. 1-6: Cruise to Mayberry 9 stars LeRoy “Mack” McNees, George Lindsey, Jr. , and a passel of Mayberry tribute artists for music, sights, sun, fun, and games…and hearty eatin’ aboard Carnival’s Victory cruise ship, departing Miami for Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman. For more info, contact Sharon at All About Cruises (336) 538-4926 or by e-mail at email@example.com or visit the website at www.allaboutcruisesnc.net.
* Nov. 5-10: David Mayberry Deputy” Browning joins the VW Boys and a boatload of down-home comedy, bluegrass and country music performers on the Acoustic Cruise sailing from Charleston, S.C., to the Caribbean. Info is at www.ExclusiveCruiseTravel.com, or call Kathy Kennedy at (877)288-7711.
* Dec. 5-7: Life Lessons From Mayberry Christmas in Ridgecrest, N.C. (outside Asheville) features special guest Margaret Kerry (“Bess” from “Christmas Story” and “Helen” from “Andy Forecloses”). This fun and inspirational weekend draws on the biblical truths and life applications found in TAGS. Guests are invited to bring 1960s attire or dress as a character for the Saturday night Christmas banquet. Adults: $195 per person (based on double occupancy), which includes two nights of on-campus lodging, six meals, Bible study sessions based on four favorite episodes, and preaching and worship. Kids 12 and up: $96 (when staying in parents’ room); kids under 12: $66 (when staying in parents’ room). To register, call Ridgecrest Conference Center at 800-588-7222 or visit www.ridgecrestconferencecenter.org/event/mayberrychristmas. Questions? E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Jan 9: Karen Knotts performs “Tied Up in Knotts at the Norris Center in Naples, Fla. Show time is 7:30. For more info, call 239-213-3058 or visit www.naplesgov.com.
* Jan. 11: Karen Knotts performs “Tied Up in Knotts at the Florissant Civic Center in Florissant, Mo., at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $28.00. For more info or tickets, call (314) 921-5678 or visit www.florissantmo.com.
* Feb. 15: Karen Knotts performs “Tied Up in Knotts at the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. Show time is 7:30. For more info, call 888 467-6442 or visit www.howard.andrews.edu.
* Mar. 5-7: The 18th Annual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, Ala. Details TBA. For updates go to www.lindseyfilmfest.com.
* May 1 and 2: Fifth Annual Mayberry Comes to Westminster festival in Westminster, S.C. Details TBA. Photo highlights from 2014 at www.mayberrywestminster.com.
* May 15-17: Mayberry in the Midwest returns to Danville, Ind. Among the festival’s highlights are the parade, the Mayberry Squad Car Nationals, and performances by the Mayberry Tribute Artists. Guest stars and other details TBA. For now, just mark your calendar.
**** News of Cast & Crew ****
Ted (Theodore J.) Flicker, who directed three classic episodes of TAGS, died September 12 at his home in Sante Fe, N.M. He was 84.
Ted directed “The Lucky Letter” (Episode 146), “Aunt Bee’s Invisible Beau” (Episode 154) and “The Arrest of the Fun Girls” (Episode 155). He is probably best known as co-creator (with Danny Arnold) of the “Barney Miller” TV series, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1982, as well as a Peabody Award, Golden Globes and many other industry honors.
Ted also directed episodes of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Night Gallery,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” “Banacek,” “Nichols” and others top shows. He also occasionally acted and also wrote scripts for TV shows, including “The Mod Squad.”
Born in Freehold Borough, N.J., on June 6, 1930, Ted studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London before joining the improvisational Compass Theater in Chicago in 1954. He wrote and directed the 1959 Broadway Musical The Nervous Set. For the big screen, he co-wrote and directed 1964’s The Troublemaker, and he directed The President’s Analyst (1967), among others.
Ted was also an accomplished sculptor and had a large sculpture garden next to his home in Santa Fe, where he had lived for 28 years.
Ted Flicker is survived by Barbara, his wife of 48 years.
**** Chapter Update ****
Two new chapters have started since the July eBullet. That brings us to a new total of 1,424 chapters that have been founded since TAGSRWC started almost 35 years ago (October 1979).
Here are the two newest chapters:
|Opie and Aunt Bee with a Coaster Wagon and a Pack of Yappin’ Dogs
|Mayberry Ministries|| Clinton, Miss.
Starting a chapter of TAGSRWC is really easy to do. Just pick a name that hasn’t already been chosen (that’s the challenging part!), and submit it with a list of your founding members by e-mail or by U.S. Mail to TAGSRWC’s HQ in Nashville. There’s a searchable list of chapter names that are already taken at www.tagsrwc.com. You can submit your chapter name request to Goober@imayberry.com.
Whether or not you start or join a local chapter, you can always join our online “Who’s Been Messin’ Up the Bulletin Board?” chapter. (It’s really quick and easy to do. Info is at tagsrwc.com.)
We always enjoy hearing news (and seeing photos) from existing chapters. (See the Chapter News section below.) And if HQ can ever be of any service to your chapter (“Will you help us?”), we’re always here to do whatever we can.
Just jump in where you can, hang on!
**** Merchandise Update ****
We have seven brand new officially licensed TAGS items in the last month! And that’s on top of three new ones in July. Those and other highlights are below. Browse the full selection of books, apparel, DVDs, music, artwork, collectibles, items for your vehicle and much more at our online Weaver’s Department Store (www.weaversdepartmentstore.com).
We appreciate your shopping at Weaver’s, especially because Weaver’s sales are by far the main thing that helps TAGSRWC be able to offer financial support to Mayberry Days and other Mayberry-connected events and charitable efforts throughout the year. We appreciate your helping us do that through your shopping with us!
New This Month:
This design is brand new in September! It captures a special sentiment between Andy and Opie. Kind and wise words from a father to his son.
The image on the shirt is deliberately distressed and splattered to give it an old, family scrapbooky feel. (Or maybe more like Newton Monroe spilled some paint on it.) Anyway, that’s a cool look these days, so if you want to be hip, you gotta have a shirt with some roughness, even if the photo itself is charming. All on a charcoal- colored shirt. It’s the color of choice of the Ankrums and other families around Mayberry
Featured This Month at Weaver’s:
We think the 2015 edition is a particularly good edition. It features 11 different characters (a new record for 21st century Mayberry calendars). All photos are black and white, but there’s a lot of nice color in the design around the photos.
Because of a smaller allotment this year, this edition may end up being somewhat harder to find later on than some previous editions have been, but we’ll do our best to keep it in stock for as long as we can. There just may not be the discounts available to later shoppers that some earlier editions have had.
As 2015 will be the 55th Anniversary of TAGS, what better way to keep Mayberry on your mind every day than with this cool calendar!
Direct from the Remshaw House, we’ve got a special deal on a couple of creepily fun items that are indirectly related to Mayberry. Check them out…if you dare!
From Ben Weaver’s Archives:
Weaver’s of course always has individual Season sets of “The Andy Griffith Show,” The Entire Series (now only $109.00!) and a 50th Anniversary Collection of TAGS on DVD, Season 1 of TAGS on Blu-ray as well as DVD sets of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” and favorite movies and other features starring Andy Griffith, Don Knotts and the Dillards.
Sneak Peek: A Preview and Quick Book Review
We’re taking pre-orders now for a brand new and outstanding book about TAGS, the first book directly about the show itself in about a dozen years. It’s titled A Cuban in Mayberry–Looking Back at America’s Hometown, by Gustavo Pérez Firmat, a native of Cuba who is a professor of humanities at Columbia University. (He also has lived and taught for decades in North Carolina.)
This well-written 194-page book from the University of Texas Press is a very scholarly discussion about TAGS. It’s basically written from the perspective of somebody like “Stranger in Town” Ed Sawyer, someone who’s not native to Mayberry, but eagerly sees the joys and wants to understand and be a part of the friendly town. Gustavo Pérez Firmat (in Mayberry, he surely would be simply Gus) identifies with the Ed Sawyer experience. And he’s also a lot like Howard Sprague, who makes his own relatively late appearance in our view of Mayberry, but is welcomed as one of the gang.
Indeed, this book is one that’s more likely to be found on a bookshelf at Howard’s house or maybe at Helen Crump’s place rather than either up in Barney’s room, where the reading tends to be breezy detective chronicles and fast-lens photography, or in Goober’s collection of thinner books, such as Crab Monster (sorry, Goob–only 17 pictures in this book).
Professor Pérez Firmat makes keen observations about TAGS, its production, and its relevance in culture and social history. Fans may chuckle (or wince) at some of the “trivial trivialities” that trip up the professor. For example, he writes that Andy’s favorite dish is lamb stew, a slight miscue likely caused by his sometimes relying on Andy Griffith’s donated scripts in the library at UNC-Chapel Hill for reference rather than the filmed episodes.
Those slips are easily forgivable, because the thrust of this book is not episodic trivia, but rather a broader examination of themes, such as the role of things like place and home and relationships, both in Mayberry and in American society. (It’s also worth noting that there probably hasn’t been a Mayberry book yet without its share of trivial and non-trivial errors. There’s just such a huge number of interesting facts to catalog. All Mayberry writers could benefit from access to that complete set of TAGS scripts for checking the spellings of names, etc.!)
While there might be a tendency among many in academia to too easily dismiss TAGS as just more TV fluff that’s not worthy of their intellectual attention, Professor Pérez Firmat is not of that school. He has an obvious affection for TAGS and strives to enhance that affinity with a deeper understanding. He has definitely been wearing a bucket on his head and taking a think under there.
That said, sometimes the Professor might be guilty of over-thinking some observations about the show when he’s trying to make a larger and valid point. An example of this would be his attaching significance to the headlines of the prop newspapers used on the show–suggesting that they were chosen to illustrate how provincial Mayberry is. Legions of modern-day “trained noticers” among us have also enjoyed spotting these headlines and similar little things visible on the show. But as proof that Professor Pérez Firmat is as much fan as scholar, he possibly gives them too much emphasis in supporting his themes.
Though some of the newspapers on TAGS were custom made for the show by a prop provider (such as when Mayberry goes Hollywood or when Barney cracks the Walker robbery case or is the hero in the cave rescue or when Floyd “captures” the lady convicts), most of the generic newspapers on TAGS were just the same props (or reconfigured versions with stock headlines and stories) used on all sorts of other film productions. (Or in the cases of the use of The Mount Airy News, the newspapers were just Andy Griffith’s sly way of saying hello to the folks back in his hometown.)
A fun instance of this topic is the Professor’s reference to a small newspaper headline seen in TAGS that says “130,000 Chinese living in trees as result of flood.” (The actual headline says 110,000, and is seen in newspaper props used in two TAGS episodes, but that could be just nitpicking!) This same headline is also visible in a copy of the Daily Planet used in an episode of “Superman.” And it can even be spotted in The Sitter Downers, a 1937 Three Stooges short and other films as early as at least 1935. And more to the point, these filler newspaper stories in Mayberry usually weren’t even supposed (or probably even possible) to be read by viewers given the picture quality of TVs during the original broadcasts. Only with the advent of later technologies such as VCRs, DVDs, HD-TVs and Blu-ray have many of these visual trivialities become part of TAGS consciousness, much less its lore.
So, like all of us who enjoy TAGS and gladly sometimes slide down the wonderfully enjoyable slippery slope of believing (or at least wanting to believe) that everything in Mayberry is really real, even Professor Pérez Firmat’s rigorous scholarship occasionally succumbs to the lures of both Mayberry’s fantastic realism and the pure fun of Mayberry minutia (including bloopers). That’s a good thing.
And the helplessness that we all have (if we’re lucky) in being drawn into the satisfying world of Mayberry is also where the incredible attention given to the fine details of the show by Andy Griffith, Aaron Ruben, Bob Ross, the writers and others–but most especially Andy Griffith–really works its magic. Unlike almost any other TV show, TAGS creates a believable fictional world that’s so rich with interesting people, stories, and generally authentic details that we never tire of exploring, learning, and experiencing as much about that world as we can. And most of all, we just enjoy watching (visiting!) Mayberry and being entertained. All that, plus Barney’s hilarious. Professor Pérez Firmat gets all these things.
So, for anyone who enjoys thinking about and understanding more about Mayberry, a description that likely fits most readers of this newsletter as much as any other community in the world, A Cuban in Mayberry is fascinating reading, maybe even essential. You probably won’t agree with all of Professor Pérez Firmat’s observations and conclusions about TAGS, but you’re sure to enjoy the journey.
Professor Gustavo Pérez Firmat, you have no worries. You should know that you are heartily welcomed as a fellow citizen of Mayberry. In other words, “Attaboy, Gus!”
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**** Chapter News ****
Members of the “Hearty Eatin’ Men and Beautiful, Delicate Women” (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), “You Better Put a Buckeye in Your Pocket and Do the Incant for a Sore Foot” (Bessemer, Ala.), Mayberry Minutemen (Graysville, Ala.) and Mayberry Squad Car (Canton, Ga.) were among those joining local fans at the Touch of Mayberry event starring Maggie Peterson and Ronnie Schell in Hiram, Ga., in August.
Some of those same chapters and more than a dozen others from at least seven states also participated in Jeff (Howard Sprague) Branch’s annual DARE fundraiser with Maggie and Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band the following weekend in Troy, N.C.
Mayberry chapter (Knoxville, Tenn.) had their popular annual day at the lake in August. (No report of loons, through Dennis Beal was there, so maybe that’s a question asked and answered!)
Barney chapter (Greensboro, N.C.) is tight-lipped as usual about its plans for the Mayberry Days parade. When a member of Andy chapter (Nashville, Tenn) was told by a Barney member that he couldn’t be privy to the plans, he was possibly overheard to mutter, “But Barney member, you’re my mother!”
That rejection might’ve been motivation enough for Andy chapter to head to Canada in August, creating the opportunity for what are believed to be the first and second joint chapter meetings outside of the U.S. of chapters from more than one country. In other words, chapters from the U.S. and Canada met in Canada.
First up was a lunch meeting in Niagara with members of “We’re the Cat’s!” (Fort Erie, Ont.) We don’t want to let the cat out of the bag quite yet, but we’ll have more news about something exciting the chapter has been up to in our next issue.
The next international chapter gathering was in Toronto, where Andy chapter members joined “‘Course I Don’t Fix ’em. I Just Put in the Gas” (Oil City, Ont.) for an outing that lasted nine innings. In a way, there were 38,000 others (including Derek Jeter) at the get-together, but we probably should stick to just the four we know were at the meeting as part of TAGSRWC, even though the Yankees shortstop did hit one for the ol’ Goober.
And our largest gathering of chapters is just ahead with several dozen chapters and about 30,000 fans in all gearing up for the 25th annual Mayberry Days in Mount Airy. We’ll have news about that and much more in our November issue.
It’s always with great sadness that we note the passing of TAGSRWC members. And it’s not something we always know about or are able to report in every instance. But we’ve recently learned of the passing of the founders of two of our earliest chapters, and want to share that news.
Peter Finkel, founder of Howard Sprague chapter (Framingham, Mass.), passed away suddenly on March 10. He was 59.
Peter was steadfastly active in TAGSRWC for three decades. In the early years of our group, he was our sole, stalwart outpost in the Northeast. He was a graduate of the New York Film Institute and a licensed projectionist, and he had a wide range of expertise in audio-visual technologies. He was also a longtime stand-up comic and talented drummer.
His family and many friends looked forward to his special cards each Christmas. They paid tribute entertainers who had died during the last year. Though Peter never got to attend any of our large Mayberry gatherings in other parts of the country, he was a vital part of the spirit of TAGSRWC. He’ll remain an inspiration.
We also recently learned of the passing on July 2 of Elmo Dooley, who along with late wife Betty was founder of Aunt Bee chapter (Cookeville, Tenn.). He was 90.
Elmo was a top scientist of his time. And his time was a long time. He was the chief microbiologist for two U.S. military medical research labs and also worked for NASA and as an intelligence analyst. While working for the space program, one of Elmo’s jobs was to load Able and Baker, the first monkeys launched into space, into their life support capsule.
Elmo retired as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves after 43 years of active and reserve service. He was also professor of biology at Tennessee Tech University for 27 years.
As founders of TAGSRWC’s third chapter (after Andy and Barney chapters), Elmo and Betty carried the banner for Aunt Bee chapter with pride for 32 years. They were dedicated TAGS fans and TAGSRWC correspondents. They were instrumental in helping TAGSRWC grow and have solid footing in our early days and in all the years since. As the Darling boys are known for singing, “I remember very well the day old Dooley died.” And so will many in Mayberry and beyond remember this very special Dooley.
If your chapter has news or photos to share, you can write to us the old-fashioned way at OUR NEW MAILING & SHIPPING ADDRESS: 118 16th Avenue South, PMB 146, Nashville TN 37203-3100, or by e-mail to Goober@imayberry.com.
**** Mayberry on the Web ****
The iMayberry Community
This TAGSRWC online group is organized and overseen by webmaster Allan “Floyd” Newsome. You can check it out and sign up for free at: http://imayberrycommunity.com.
The iMayberry Community complements our other online activities, including our main www.imayberry.com page, podcasts, Facebook page, online newsletters (such as The eBullet!), weaversdepartmentstore.com and chat rooms. Combined with TAGSRWC chapters and the various Mayberry events for all fans (from Mayberry Days to ocean cruises), not to mention enjoying the sites of Mount Airy year-round, the world of Mayberry fun keeps expanding.
And best of all, it’s all rooted in watching the show itself. Whether through DVDs and Blu-ray, streaming video, local stations, or TV Land, loving to watch the show continues to be the energy that feeds all the other Mayberry fun and activities that we enjoy. What a wonderful thing Andy Griffith and his talented team of actors, musicians, writers and crew people created 54 years ago–for us and generations to come!
Two Chairs, No Waiting is our weekly podcast of TAGS news, interviews and pretty much whatever happens to be going on in and around Mayberry. It’s hosted by Allan Newsome. There’s a new episode every Tuesday (and you can watch and listen live during tapings on Monday evenings). Past episodes are in an online Archives in case you want to listen to or view episodes you’ve missed. (There have been 296 episodes since Allan started the podcasts almost six years ago.)
There’s a lot of info and discussions that you simply won’t find anywhere else, including rare interviews (vintage and new) with cast and crew members of TAGS. If you’ve got sound on your computer or have an iPod or similar device, you can easily tune in live or download these podcasts.
Also, check out the podcast area of our www.imayberry.com site for info about a Mayberry Bible Study Podcast, also hosted by Allan, and a “brother figure” podcast called Burke on Mayberry, hosted by Kevin Burke.
TAGSRWC’s official page on Facebook now has more than 92,000 friends! You can find us at www.facebook.com/tagsrwc. There’s a variety of comments about Mayberry, and a lively stream of thoughts from fans about TAGS, plus photos. And our Facebook page is also one of the first places we post announcements and breaking news about TAGS. If you haven’t already dropped by the page, we hope you’ll check it out sometime when you have the chance. We invite you to become a TAGSRWC Facebook Friend!
**** Post Note ****
If you ever miss receiving an issue of The eBullet, you can always catch up by reading it in the eBullet Archives in the Newsletters section at imayberry.com. Each issue is usually placed in the Archives at about the same time that it’s distributed to subscribers.
Between issues of The eBullet, keep up with all the happenings in Mayberry with the daily Who’s Been Messin’ Up the Bulletin Board? (aka “WBMUTBB?”) Digest. It’s a free subscriber list that consists entirely of comments, newsflashes, and questions and answers from subscribers. You can sign up for that list by going to the Mailing Lists link at tagsrwc.com. “WBMUTBB?” also has its own Archives where you can follow the ongoing stream of messages.
And TAGSRWC publishes Weaver’s Newsletter in alternate months to The eBullet. Like The eBullet, the Weaver’s Newsletter is free. Its focus is tilted a little more to Mayberry merchandise and collectibles and quick newsflashes. To sign up, go to: Weaver’s Newsletter Sign-Up.
TAGSRWC’s other main vehicle for Mayberry information is simply our website at www.tagsrwc.com (and its sister site www.imayberry.com). Both sites have extensive content and links for just about everything a Mayberry fan might be looking for.
The next eBullet is planned for November, and the next Weaver’s Newsletter will be out in October.